Sword Art Online and Kingdom Hearts to the rescue!
From the week of March 11th to 17th, both the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 had a relatively good week in Japan thanks to the release of Namco Bandai’s Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, based on the insanely popular anime and light novels, and Square-Enix’s Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, which presented the first game, Chain of Memories and the entire story of 365/2 Days in a new HD package.
The games garnered the number 1 and 2 positions respectively. Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment managed to sell 138,180 units while Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix sold 128,414 units. God of War: Ascension also figured in the top 10, coming in at eighth position with 19,744 units sold.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t the week that would see the PlayStation Vita continue its reign of dominance following the recent price cut. It fell from 63,581 units the week before to 36,028 units sold the week ending March 17th. This allowed the Nintendo 3DS XL to regain its footing. Hopefully sales stay consistent and don’t drop any further for Sony.